Tuesday, April 17, 2012

You Can Buy Anything Online, Even Narcotics

The Associated Press had this piece over at Yahoo News that I thought was interesting: The US Drug Enforcement Administration recently made a number of arrests of an online drug operation that facilitated thousands of online drug transactions worldwide.
An indictment unsealed in federal court in Los Angeles claims eight men ran "The Farmer's Market," which allowed suppliers of drugs — including LSD, Ecstasy and ketamine — to anonymously sell their wares online. They hooked up buyers in 34 countries and accepted various forms of payment, including cash, Western Union and PayPal transactions, the indictment claims.
Given that a significant part of prostitution is moving online to sites like Backpage.com it's not surprising that narcotics is going that way too. We're even seeing bottom of the barrel streetwalkers turning to online sites to advertise their services in the sleepy little burg where I work.

Given than more and more crimes are being facilitated through online services has your agency began to develop the expertise to investigate and collect evidence from these online crimes?

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